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My thanks to Bob Wakeham for his March 30 column, “Accolades to a retiring Ray,” lauding Ray Guy.

Along with many in this province, I remember when Ray Guy’s daily column in The Evening Telegram was the lone voice of opposition in the darkest days of the Smallwood regime. Clear, cutting and side-splittingly funny, Guy aimed the strobelight of satire on the irrational, and ultimately tragic, drama being played out daily in our House of Assembly.

During that time, when businesses and individuals could be ruined for speaking truth to power, we were fortunate to have both a political commentator of Ray Guy’s ability and an independent newspaper with the courage to print his material.

In my opinion, no other writer has come close to reproducing the wonderful originality of Newfoundland outport speech as well as Ray Guy, and I sincerely hope we have not read the last book from this sly, articulate genius.

Bernice Morgan

St. John’s

Organizations: Smallwood, House of Assembly.During

Geographic location: Newfoundland

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  • paddyjoe
    April 12, 2013 - 16:55

    I agree with Ms. Morgan that Ray Guy is a great satirist. But " the darkest days " and " the irrational, and ultimately tragic drama taking place in our House of Assembly " ???-----Ray would have great fun with this. He'd remind her that she seems to have confused the Williams/Dunderdale regimes with Smallwoods. Remember Ray on Churchill Falls? Imagine the satirical heights he could reach with Muskrat Falls. Was Smallwood dictatorial? yes, and Ray never let him forget it. Its too bad he was semi-retired and not writing regularly for the Telegram when Danny, the great consensus builder, was in his heyday. Was Smallwood's regime undemocratic and secretive. How about Bill 29? Yes, the more things change.........Mr. Smallwood and most of the politicians of his era have passed on. I am wondering why Ms. Morgan had nothing to say about the living and breathing political leaders of today.........Oh, but they are squeaky clean---not like that ogre Smallwood, right?-------yeah, right

  • Ed Power
    April 12, 2013 - 06:22

    Ray Guy - truly an example of the pen being mightier than the sword.

  • Scott Strong
    April 11, 2013 - 11:00

    Thank you, Bernice! Your sentiments echo those of many of us who saw Ray's epistles as a crack in the foundation of the prevailing establishment. Our society could use a few more tilters-at-windmills. Get back on Rosinante, Ray, and give us one more example of how it's done!